Thundarr The Barbarian (4 Disc)
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Never heard of Thundarr? Okay, picture this: You're 8 years old, it's Saturday morning and you're sitting in front of your TV eating a bowl of Frosted Flakes. After a few hours of Casper, Scrappy Doo and something called "Fred & Barney Meet the Schmoo" (not kidding), suddenly you're bombarded with images of the Earth being torn apart by earthquakes, tidal waves and general destruction. Then a voice basically tells you that 14 years from now, you, your friends and everyone and everything that you know will be dead.
How's THAT for a cure for attention deficit disorder??
That was basically the premise of Thundarr. The world has been destroyed and thousands of years later, life evolves, only now the world is some bizarre mix of dragons, mutants, wizards, robots, aliens, werewolves and descendants of the human race. I won't get into the specifics (there's alot of cool info on wikipedia and other sites) but lets just say that this cartoon was DECADES ahead of it's time. Just about everything that you can compare it to actually came AFTER Thundarr. Not only was this show original (forgiving the few things they borrowed from Star Wars), but as a Saturday morning cartoon? A cartoon with no talking dog or grinning monkey or wacky sidekick?Read more ›
For those who are unfamiliar with the story, the opening credits do a good job of delving us into the action via the following SPOILER ALERT. In 1994, a meteor passing between the Earth and moon causes an apocolyptic end to "Old" Earth (obviously, this has not happened but, during the initial airings, it was fourteen years too early to tell). Anyway, Earth civilization is cast into ruin and, two thousand years later, Earth is reborn as a bastion of a combination of the realms of savagery, super science, and sorcery. If you're not sold on this concept yet, it is simply because I cannot explain it as eloquently as the show's producers at Ruby Spears, a subset of Warner Brothers/Hanna-Barbera lore.
It's Thundarr the Barbarian! He was a blonde, over-muscled swordsman who wielded a mystic weapon and, with the help of his allies, Ookla, the Mok [wookie creature], and vuluptuous sorceress, Princess Ariel, saved an Earth reborn (if you think I'm describing a different iconic '80's hero who also utilized a mystic sword, don't be confused). Anyway, at the demands of many loyal fans, YouTubists, and avid Boomerang/Original Cartoon Network viewers, the Warners have given us a sort-of commercial release of this show directly through its website. Not only that but the source material that they used is in great shape.Read more ›
Set two thousand years in the future, "Thundarr" tells the tale of a planet gone topsy-turvy. After a comet passes between the Earth and the moon (in 1994, nonetheless), a major disruption occurs, causing earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tidal waves...yeah, all the Irwin Allen stuff. Thus, two millennia later, Earth is now in utter chaos with areas of mass destruction and a few exotic oases. For some reason, the catastrophe produces mutant creatures, human and animal, plus there is a rise in the use of magic (unexplained throughout the show's two year run).
Enter Thundarr, a barbarian that wields a mean "sun sword", his pal Ookla, one of those mutants mentioned earlier, and Ariel, a sorceress that looks mean in a pair of hot tights. This trio comes to the rescue of the downtrodden and the beset upon throughout the world. There are no terrors that they cannot overcome.
Hey, the world needs some heroes.
The first episode of the series was obviously influenced by the artwork of legendary comic artist Jack Kirby. That installment had a villain named "Gemini" that, like his name, had a dual personality (and a face that "turned" to reveal his other side). The show also sported a unique nemesis for Thundarr in the form of a "revived" Statue of Liberty using her torch as a "weapon of mass destruction".
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In the 80"s there were limited cartoon choices for a little boy. You waited around on Saturday mornings watching Flintstones, Jetsons, GForce and Bugs Bunny. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Ardena S
I knew exactly what I ordered and am completely happy I got just that. This product; discs, packaging, and printing is perfectly new. Read morePublished 1 month ago by markhibbard
Definitely glad I bought this! You know how as a kid when you watch a show and it seems awesome, but then see it again many years later, you couldn't believe you use to like it? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brandon Murray
Even with strict tv network guidelines limiting cartoon "violence and action content" in favor of "educational lesson teaching", "Thundarr" did very well in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Yee
Edgy for the time, and better than the vast majority of its peers storywise and artwise. This world could easily be revived into the next set of sci-fi films.Published 3 months ago by Jeff Murdoch